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  • Who's who in Iraq after the US exit?

    The US troop surge in 2007 helped quiet Iraq's bloody civil war. But it failed to deliver on what US officials and officers said was crucial for Iraq's future at the time: sectarian reconciliation. Rather than forging a new national identity out of the horrors of Iraq's war, Iraq's Shiite and Sunni Arabs and ethnic Kurds sullenly retreated to their own sectarian corners, and the country's political parties remain vehicles for ethnic or sectarian interests. The next year is probably going to be the most crucial for determining the future of Iraq since the US-led invasion of 2003, as Iraq's various political factions compete for power and influence without foreign troops getting in the way. Here are a few of the major players.
    12/28/2011 10:32 am

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  • Energy Voices As Kurds gain power, Baghdad may be ready for oil deal

    The Iraqi central government and authorities of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government put together a seven-point deal last week that could see the Kurds resume oil exports to Iraq in return for a revision of the Iraqi 2013 budget, Alic writes.

  • Who's who in Iraq after the US exit?

    The US troop surge in 2007 helped quiet Iraq's bloody civil war. But it failed to deliver on what US officials and officers said was crucial for Iraq's future at the time: sectarian reconciliation. Rather than forging a new national identity out of the horrors of Iraq's war, Iraq's Shiite and Sunni Arabs and ethnic Kurds sullenly retreated to their own sectarian corners, and the country's political parties remain vehicles for ethnic or sectarian interests. The next year is probably going to be the most crucial for determining the future of Iraq since the US-led invasion of 2003, as Iraq's various political factions compete for power and influence without foreign troops getting in the way. Here are a few of the major players.
    12/28/2011 10:32 am

  • A Kurdish family's loss symbolizes northern Iraq's unmet promise

    A 16-year-old protester was among the first to be killed in democracy protests earlier this year against the corruption and authoritarianism that pervade Kurdish politics.
    07/15/2011 11:42 am

  • Arab Spring crackdown damages Kurdistan's image as regional model

    The US has long championed semi-autonomous Kurdistan as a democratic model for the rest of Iraq and the Middle East. But Kurdish leaders have violently shut down dissenters.
    07/01/2011 12:19 pm

  • Backchannels An Arab Spring ... for the Kurds?

    Not if the Kurdish leadership can help it.
    05/24/2011 05:56 pm

  • Wave of Iraq suicide bombings target police

    A wave of Iraq suicide bombings and other attacks largely targeted the police on Wednesday, leaving at least 41 Iraqis dead in 7 different provinces. A poll shows that a majority of Iraqis say the US is withdrawing combat troops too soon.
    08/25/2010 02:07 pm

  • Iraq election recount battle over, now comes the hard part

    At an unusual Baghdad gathering of key players, tensions eased over the Iraq election results. But the effort to form a coalition government and choose Iraqi's new prime minister and president still in the early stages.
    05/19/2010 05:01 pm

  • 'Change' makes inroads against Kurdistan's dominant parties

    Its relative success in Saturday's regional election reflects deep popular dissatisfaction with official corruption.
    07/26/2009 01:00 am

  • Sunni party's rise in Iraq signals new nationalist current

    The al-Hadba Party emerged from Saturday's vote as a serious challenge to the status quo in Iraq.
    02/04/2009 12:00 am

  • Kurdistan's muckraking media test free speech limits

    Editors and reporters risk jail time as they expose cronyism and push Iraqi leaders for reforms.
    06/12/2008 01:00 am

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